Parents, teens explore design, manufacturing, robotics and technology career possibilities at special evening event

Parents and teens grades six through 12 can learn about career opportunities in auto design, manufacturing, robotics and technology at Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Macomb Community College. This free event combines a panel presentation to give participants an insider’s look at career opportunities, hands-on exhibits and activities, along with a display of classic, current model and concept cars.

Recent graduates from Macomb Community College and area manufacturers will give an overview of the abundant opportunities available. Parents and students will be able to meet area employers and learn about the skills required for future careers. There will also be an opportunity to learn about apprenticeships, internships and work-based learning.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore interactive displays  in a variety of areas including auto design, robotics, clay modeling, electric and automated vehicles, production design, sketching and traffic light simulation and programming.  Companies who are exhibiting include American Axle, Comau, FCA, Ford, GM, Kuka, Magna and Siemens.

This evening event complements the college’s annual Auto STEAM Days held during the day on Dec. 5 and 6, which will draw more than 2,600 Metro Detroit-area students.

Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology is presented by Macomb Community College, Macomb Intermediate School District and Macomb County. The event will be held at the Sports and Expo Center on Macomb Community College’s South Campus in Warren. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion at 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Registration is required at

Free pizza, hot dogs and soda will be available while supplies last.  Attendees can enter a drawing to win a drone.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Detroit Drives Degrees Kicks off Annual Challenge to Connect More Students with College Financial Aid

By Tiffany Jones

In an effort to put more of the $90 million in federal aid that went unclaimed in Michigan last year into the hands of students, Detroit Drives Degrees kicked off its second annual “Race to the FAFSA Line” Challenge, which promotes the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Challenge offers incentives to students, counselors and high schools to complete the form and runs through Feb. 28, 2018. Detroit Drives Degrees, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Forward Detroit strategy, works to strengthen the talent pipeline by increasing the number of adults with postsecondary degrees in the region.

The goal of the Challenge is to increase FAFSA completion among high school seniors in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to 65 percent. In its inaugural year, the Challenge and a variety of other efforts boosted the completion rate to 59 percent in 2016, up from 55.6 percent.

The National College Access Network states that high school graduates who complete the FAFSA are 63 percent more likely to enroll in college and by 2025, 70 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary credential.

In order to participate, high schools must register at More than 85 schools participated in the 2016 competition. The school with the highest completion rate will win a senior all-night party, courtesy of Emagine Entertainment. Additional prizes from Emagine and the Detroit Pistons will be awarded to participating schools and student teams across the region.

The Challenge is sponsored by Chemical Bank, DTE Energy, Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office, Independent Bank, Kerkstra Precast and University of Michigan-Dearborn. In addition to Emagine Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons, other Challenge partners include: Detroit College Access Network, Frank FAFSA, Macomb Intermediate School District, Michigan College Access Network, Oakland Community College, Oakland Schools, University of Michigan, Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency, and numerous local college access networks.